John 15 - The Promise of Persecution

June 26, 2017

17 These things I command you, cso that you will love one another.

The Hatred of the World

18 dIf the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 eIf you wereof the world, the world would love you as its own; but because fyou are not of the world,but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the wordthat I said to you: gA servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted me, htheywill also persecute you. iIf they kept my word, they will also keep yours. 21 But jall thesethings they will do to you kon account of my name, lbecause they do not know him whosent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, mthey would not have been guilty ofsin,2 but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 nWhoever hates me hates my Fatheralso. 24 oIf I had not done among them the works that no one else did, mthey would not beguilty of sin, but now they have pseen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But qthe wordthat is written in their Law must be fulfilled: rThey hated me without a cause.

26 But swhen the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit oftruth, who proceeds from the Father, the will bear witness about me. 27 And uyou also willbear witness, vbecause you have been with me wfrom the beginning.

16 I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. xThey will putyou out of the synagogues. Indeed, ythe hour is coming when zwhoever kills youwill think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things abecause they havenot known the Father, nor me. But bI have said these things to you, that when ctheirhour comes you may remember that I told them to you.


John 14 - From Orphans to Doing Greater Works Than Jesus?

June 6, 2017

If you had known me, you would have known my Father also.[d] From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.”Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.

12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me[e] anything in my name, I will do it.

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper,[f] to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be[g] in you.

18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me.

25 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. 28 You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe. 30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, 31 but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.


Jesus Is The Only Way

May 23, 2017

I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life

14 dLet not your hearts be troubled. eBelieve in God;1 believe also in me. In fmyFather's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that gI goto prepare a place for you?2 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again andwill take you hto myself, that iwhere I am you may be also. And you know the way towhere I am going.3 jThomas said to him, Lord, kwe do not know where you are going.How can we know the way? Jesus said to him, I am lthe way, and mthe truth, and nthelife. No one comes to the Father except through me.


A New Command: Love One Another

May 23, 2017

A New Commandment

31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, nNow is the Son of Man glorified, and oGod isglorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him, pGod will also glorify him in himself, andqglorify him at once. 33 Little children, ryet a little while I am with you. You will seek me,and just sas I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, Where I am going you cannotcome. 34 tA new commandment uI give to you, vthat you love one another: wjust as I haveloved you, you also are to love one another. 35 xBy this all people will know that you are mydisciples, if you have love for one another.

Jesus Foretells Peter's Denial

36 Simon Peter said to him, Lord, where are you going? yJesus answered him, WhereI am going zyou cannot follow me now, abut you will follow afterward.


Peter - God’s Big Plans for Big Failures

May 8, 2017

Jesus Foretells Peter's Denial

36 Simon Peter said to him, Lord, where are you going? yJesus answered him, WhereI am going zyou cannot follow me now, abut you will follow afterward. 37 bPeter said tohim, Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you. 38 Jesusanswered, Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, cthe rooster willnot crow till you have denied me three times.


Peter Denies Jesus

15 cSimon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. Since that disciple wasknown to the high priest, he entered with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest,16 dbut Peter stood outside at the door. So the other disciple, who was known to the highpriest, went out and spoke to the servant girl who kept watch at the door, and broughtPeter in. 17 eThe servant girl at the door said to Peter, You also are not one of this man'sdisciples, are you? He said, I am not. 18 Now the servants5 and officers had made acharcoal fire, because it was cold, and they were standing and warming themselves.fPeter also was with them, standing and warming himself.


Peter Denies Jesus Again

25 mNow Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, Youalso are not one of his disciples, are you? He denied it and said, I am not. 26 One of theservants of the high priest, a relative of nthe man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, DidI not see you oin the garden with him? 27 Peter again denied it, and pat once a roostercrowed.


Jesus and Peter

15 When they had ufinished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, vSimon, wson ofJohn, xdo you love me more than these? He said to him, Yes, Lord; you know that I loveyou. He said to him, Feed ymy lambs. 16 He said to him a second time, Simon, son ofJohn, do you love me? He said to him, Yes, Lord; you know that I love you. He said tohim, zTend ymy sheep. 17 He said to him the third time, Simon, son of John, do you loveme? Peter was grieved because he said to him athe third time, Do you love me? and hesaid to him, Lord, byou know everything; you know that I love you. Jesus said to him,Feed cmy sheep. 18 dTruly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, eyou used to dressyourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out yourhands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go. 19 (This hesaid to show fby what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said tohim, gFollow me.


Jesus and Judas

May 8, 2017

18 pI am not speaking ofall of you; I know qwhom I have chosen. But rthe Scripture will be fulfilled,4 sHe who atemy bread has lifted his heel against me. 19 tI am telling you this now, before it takes place,that when it does take place you may believe that I am he. 20 Truly, truly, I say to you,uwhoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the onewho sent me.

One of You Will Betray Me

21 After saying these things, vJesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, wTruly,truly, I say to you, xone of you will betray me. 22 yThe disciples looked at one another,uncertain of whom he spoke. 23 zOne of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining attable aat Jesus' side,5 24 so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus6 of whom he wasspeaking. 25 bSo that disciple, cleaning back against Jesus, said to him, Lord, who is it?26 Jesus answered, dIt is he to whom I will give this morsel of bread ewhen I have dippedit. So when he had dipped the morsel, fhe gave it to Judas, gthe son of Simon Iscariot.27 Then after he had taken the morsel, hSatan entered into him. Jesus said to him, iWhatyou are going to do, do quickly. 28 Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him.29 Some thought that, jbecause Judas had the moneybag, Jesus was telling him, Buy whatwe need kfor the feast, or that he should lgive something to the poor. 30 So, afterreceiving the morsel of bread, he immediately went out. mAnd it was night.

Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

18 When Jesus had spoken these words, nhe went out with his disciples acrossothe brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which he and his disciplesentered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew pthe place, for qJesus often met therewith his disciples. rSo Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers fromthe chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons.Then Jesus, sknowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them,tWhom do you seek? They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus said to them, Iam he.1 Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. uWhen Jesus2 said to them,I am he, they drew back and fell to the ground. So he asked them again, tWhom do youseek? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus answered, I told you that I am he. So, ifyou seek me, let these men go. vThis was to fulfill the word that he had spoken: Ofthose whom you gave me I have lost not one. 10 Then Simon Peter, whaving a sword, drewit and struck the high priest's servant3 and cut off his right ear. (The servant's name wasMalchus.) 11 So Jesus said to Peter, Put your sword into its sheath; xshall I not drink thecup that the Father has given me?


John 13 - Washing the Feet

April 24, 2017

Jesus Washes the Disciples' Feet

13 Now nbefore othe Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that phis hour hadcome qto depart out of this world to the Father, rhaving loved shis own whowere in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, when tthe devil had alreadyput it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing uthatthe Father had given all things into his hands, and that vhe had come from God and wwasgoing back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking atowel, xtied it around his waist. Then he ypoured water into a basin and began to washthe disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. Hecame to Simon Peter, who said to him, Lord, do you wash my feet? zJesus answeredhim, What I am doing ayou do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.bPeter said to him, You shall never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, cIf I do notwash you, you have no share with me. Simon Peter said to him, Lord, not my feet onlybut also my hands and my head! 10 Jesus said to him, The one who has bathed does notneed to wash, dexcept for his feet,1 but is completely clean. And eyou2 are clean, fbut notevery one of you. 11 gFor he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, Not all ofyou are clean.

12 When he had washed their feet and hput on his outer garments and resumed hisplace, he said to them, iDo you understand what I have done to you? 13 jYou call mekTeacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, havewashed your feet, lyou also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 For I have given you anexample, mthat you also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, naservant3 is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who senthim. 17 If you know these things, oblessed are you if you do them.


John 12 - The Hour Has Come to Rise

April 22, 2017

Some Greeks Seek Jesus

20 Now eamong those who went up to worship at the feast were some fGreeks. 21 Sothese came to gPhilip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, Sir, we wish tosee Jesus. 22 Philip went and told hAndrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.23 And Jesus answered them, iThe hour has come jfor the Son of Man to be glorified.24 Truly, truly, I say to you, kunless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, itremains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 lWhoever loves his life loses it, andmwhoever nhates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves me,he must ofollow me; and pwhere I am, there will my servant be also. qIf anyone serves me,rthe Father will honor him.

The Son of Man Must Be Lifted Up

27 sNow is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? Father, tsave me from uthis hour?But vfor this purpose I have come to uthis hour. 28 Father, glorify your name. Then wavoice came from heaven: I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again. 29 The crowd thatstood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, xAn angel has spoken tohim. 30 Jesus answered, yThis voice has come for your sake, not mine. 31 zNow is thejudgment of this world; now will athe ruler of this world bbe cast out. 32 And I, cwhen Iam lifted up from the earth, dwill draw eall people to myself. 33 He said this fto show bywhat kind of death he was going to die. 34 So the crowd answered him, We have heardfrom the Law that gthe Christ remains forever. How can you say that hthe Son of Manmust be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man? 35 So Jesus said to them, iThe light is amongyou jfor a little while longer. kWalk while you have the light, lest darkness lovertake you.mThe one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. 36 While you havethe light, believe in the light, that you may become nsons of light.

The Unbelief of the People

When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them. 37 Thoughhe had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him, 38 oso that theword spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:

pLord, who has believed what he heard from us,

and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

39 Therefore they qcould not believe. For again Isaiah said,

40  rHe has blinded their eyes

and shardened their heart,

lest they see with their eyes,

and understand with their heart, and turn,

and I would heal them.

41 Isaiah said these things because the saw his glory and uspoke of him. 42 Nevertheless,vmany even of the authorities believed in him, but wfor fear of the Pharisees they did notxconfess it, so that they would not be xput out of the synagogue; 43 yfor they loved theglory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.

Jesus Came to Save the World

44 And Jesus cried out and said, zWhoever believes in me, believes not in me but ainhim who sent me. 45 And bwhoever csees me sees him who sent me. 46 dI have come intothe world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. 47 If anyoneehears my words and does not keep them, fI do not judge him; for gI did not come to judgethe world but to save the world. 48 hThe one who rejects me and does not receive mywords has a judge; ithe word that I have spoken will judge him jon the last day. 49 For kIhave not spoken on my own authority, but the Father lwho sent me has himself given mema commandmentwhat to say and what to speak. 50 And I know that his commandmentis eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.


John 11 & 12: Preparation For Burial

April 10, 2017

The Plot to Kill Jesus

45 nMany of the Jews therefore, owho had come with Mary and phad seen what he did,believed in him, 46 but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus haddone. 47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees qgathered rthe council and said, sWhatare we to do? For this man performs many signs. 48 If we let him go on like this, everyonewill believe in him, and tthe Romans will come and take away both our uplace and ournation. 49 But one of them, vCaiaphas, wwho was high priest that year, said to them, Youknow nothing at all. 50 Nor do you understand that xit is better for you that one manshould die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish. 51 He did not say this ofhis own accord, but ybeing high priest that year zhe prophesied that Jesus would die forthe nation, 52 and anot for the nation only, but also bto gather into one the children of Godwho are scattered abroad. 53 So from that day on they cmade plans to put him to death.

54 Jesus therefore dno longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there tothe region near the wilderness, to a town called Ephraim, and there he stayed with thedisciples.

55 Now ethe Passover of the Jews was at hand, and fmany went up from the country toJerusalem before the Passover gto purify themselves. 56 hThey were looking for6 Jesusand saying to one another as they stood in the temple, What do you think? That he willnot come to the feast at all? 57 Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given ordersthat if anyone knew where he was, he should let them know, so that they might arrest him.

Mary Anoints Jesus at Bethany

12 Six days before ithe Passover, jJesus therefore came to Bethany, kwhereLazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they gave a dinner forhim there. lMartha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table.mMary therefore took a pound1 of expensive ointment made from pure nard, andanointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with thefragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about tobetray him), said, Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii2 andngiven to the poor? He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because hewas a thief, and nhaving charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was putinto it. Jesus said, Leave her alone, so that she may keep it3 for the day of my burial.For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.

The Plot to Kill Lazarus

When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus4 was there, they came, not onlyon account of him but also to see Lazarus, owhom he had raised from the dead. 10 pSo thechief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, 11 because qon account of himmany of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.

The Triumphal Entry

12 The next day rthe large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus wascoming to Jerusalem. 13 So they took branches of spalm trees and went out to meet him,crying out, tHosanna! Blessed is uhe who comes in the name of the Lord, even vthe Kingof Israel! 14 And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,

15  wFear not, daughter of Zion;

behold, your king is coming,

sitting on a donkey's colt!

16 xHis disciples did not understand these things at first, but ywhen Jesus was glorified,then zthey remembered that these things had been written about him and had been doneto him. 17 aThe crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb andraised him from the dead continued to bear witness. 18 The reason why the crowd went tomeet him bwas that they heard he had done this sign. 19 So the Pharisees said to oneanother, cYou see that you are gaining nothing. Look, dthe world has gone after him.